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SC refuses to pass order on plea seeking restoring communication services in J-K

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to pass an order on a plea seeking withdrawal of undeclared curfew/restrictions and all other regressive measures including blocking of phone lines, internet and news channels from Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of revocation of Article 370 by the government.

The plea was filed by social activist Tehseen Poonawala.

During the hearing of the plea, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, asked Attorney General for the government, Tushar Mehta: "How long are you going to continue this? (Lockdown in Kashmir)"

"We are trying that there is the least inconvenience to the people. We deployed troops in large number to ensure peace in Jammu and Kashmir," Mehta replied.

"'We are reviewing the day-to-day situation. It is a highly sensitive situation but it is in the interest of everyone. Not a single drop of blood has been shed, no one has died so far," he said.

Attorney General KK Venugopal also supported the argument given by Mehta and said every step is taken to bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Government is reviewing the situation on a daily basis and it will be settled in a few days, but that will depend on the ground situation," he said.

After this, Mishra said, "as early as possible, you must restore the situation".

Meanwhile, the top court told litigant's advocate Maneka Guruswamy to wait for normalcy to come back.

"We are with you in the restoration of human rights. People must enjoy fundamental rights. We shall wait for the restoration of normalcy, if nothing happens you can back to the court," the bench said.

In his petition, Poonawala had also challenged the detention of Conference leader Omar Abdullah and People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti and Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference leader Sajjad Lone who were arrested on August 5.

The court has scheduled the matter for hearing after two weeks.

Centre recently withdrew special status to Jammu and Kashmir and passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Act 2019, reorganizing the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir with legislature and Ladakh without it.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, August 13 2019. 14:10 IST
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